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Azores Whale Watching Expedition and Islet Boat Tour

Azores Whale Watching Expedition and Islet Boat Tour

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From US$ 56.17 per person

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Join an exciting marine wildlife tour with biologists and naturalist guides, to see and learn more about whales, dolphins, turtles, fish, birds, and the marine biodiversity of the Azores Islands.

About this activity

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, Dutch, English, Portuguese, Italian, French, German

Experience

Highlights
  • Be on the lookout for whales, dolphins and turtles with a marine guide
  • Admire views of volcanoes, sandy beaches and islets on an Azores boat tour
  • Learn about marine biodiversity from the professional staff on board
Full description
This 2.5-hour excursion begins with an introduction to cetaceans (whales and dolphins) and other marine species, their natural habitat, communication, migration and behavioral patterns. After the briefing, board the designated boat and head out to sea. The boat will approach the whales slowly and carefully as the naturalist guides and marine biologists on board provide commentary. The boat trip also includes a tour around the Princess Ring Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, for an up-close look at the volcano and resident wildlife. Light food is permitted on board, and a camera is essential to capture the wildlife you spot on the tour.
Includes
  • Wildlife guide
  • Experienced skipper
  • Zodiac RIB boat (12 to 28-person capacity)
  • Impermeable full suit and life vest
  • Insurance
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off (available separately)
  • Personal water supply
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

The meeting point is TERRA AZUL base, Marina of Vila Franca do Campo, 4, 9680-909, São Miguel, Azores Islands. From Ponta Delgada town center by auto, head east along the coast and follow the signs to Vila Franca do Campo. Once in Vila Franca do Campo, descend toward sea level and the marina where the tour operator's base and yellow boats are located, and free street parking can be found.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • NOT FOR anyone pregnant women, with weak back, in wheelchair or in any delicate health conditions, or children under the age of 4.
  • English is the official language for the tour, although the team is multinational and will do their best to accommodate your preferred language (this is not guaranteed however)
  • Tour is subject to weather and safety conditions, and may be modified or cancelled without prior notice
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 362 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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It was a great experience for the whole family. We were fortunate enough to see a couple of whales and many dolphins. We would do it again and would recommend this trip to others. I also found it great that there was a small detour at the end to see the small island just in front of Vila Franca do Campo (Ilhéu de Vila Franca do Campo). Only downside was that there were some people on the boat blocking the sight for others - here the team could have paid some more attention and shall have enforced the rules that were communicated in the beginning (which were supposed to prevent exactly this). Also during boarding small people could have been seated in the front of the boat and large people in the back.

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August 7, 2022

As an experience it was quite good, we were lucky to see 2 types of whales and 2 types of dolphins. As a fact to keep in mind, we took it with this company because it also offered the excursion in Spanish, coincidence that later they spoke all languages except Spanish... The guide argued that he understood Spanish, but the explanations were in English and Portuguese.

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July 30, 2022

We really enjoyed the ride and saw a whale and saw 2 groups of dolphins (different species). At the end of the tour we went to an island near the port. The marine biologist was very friendly and spoke German and English. She took our 7 year old son to the skipper so he had a better view that was a great gesture!

July 27, 2022

Product ID: 123590